Marketplace for 8/6/13

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President Obama lays out his latest thinking on how to reduce the government's role in the mortgage market. Since the financial crisis, it's been dominated by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Also, it's the 'day after' in the Washington Post newsroom. Jeff Bezos’s purchase of the newspaper for $250 million raises the question of just what does he get for the money. And finally, the Obama administration is counting on an army of influencers to get everyone signed up on the exchanges. How's that going?

Dinosaur bones for sale, at auction

Auction house plans to sell the bones of two fighting dinosaurs.
Posted In: dinosaur, montana

IPO boom another sign of economic recovery

As more companies rush to go public, signs point to a healthier economy.
Posted In: Wall Street, IPOs, Silicon Valley

Brazilian banks lead way on biometrics

Despite the high cost, biometrics actually saves the banks money by reducing fraud and eliminating other problems that first world nations don't face.
Posted In: brazil, ATM, Biometrics

Online summer school: It's still school

School budget cuts are wiping out traditional summer school programs, so more students are turning to the web.
Posted In: summer school, online education

Subcompact cars and the income divide

As breaking into the middle class becomes harder, car companies are finding new ways to attract an expanding base of less-affluent consumers. They're offering more small car models with better features than ever before.
Posted In: cars, wealth, poverty, subcompact, Chevy Spark, Chevy, Income Gap

Can you buy a house without Fannie Mae?

President Obama proposes phasing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to shift mortgage-market risk from taxpayers to private banks
Posted In: real estate, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Help! I want to sign up for Obamacare

The Obama administration is counting on an army of these folks to get everyone signed up on the exchanges.
Posted In: ACA, Obamacare, health exchanges

Jeff Bezos' prime target: Prestige?

What does Jeff Bezos get out of his purchase of the Washington Post for $250 million? (Besides a struggling media business, of course).
Posted In: washington post, New York Times, media, Amazon, jeff bezos

Customers like Jeff Bezos also bought ...

Last year, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos spent at least $42 million on a 200-foot clock being built in Texas.
Posted In: jeff bezos

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Cissy Strut (LP Version)
The Meters
Money
The Drums
Funeral for a Killer (Instrumental)
9th Wonder & Murs
God Made the World
Cold Cave
Dr. Banard [Explicit]
Suff Daddy

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